We have extensive experience with men who have issues with violence and abusive behaviour.
- Men who use violence towards their family, intimate partners and ex-partners, children and family
- Men who use violence in public
- Men who have been victims of violence
We have the tools and capability to work with men towards real outcomes that reduce men's violence and support men who experience violence. Effective support leads to improvements for men, their families and their communities.
We have two programs specifically for violence prevention.
Working With the Man
This program is a specialist behavioural change program for men who have been violent to women. The program offers a full range of resources to build the capacity for participants to make lasting changes. Participants volunteer for the program and must acknowledge and take responsibility for their behaviour before they can be accepted.
Preventing Violence, Managing Anger
In this ten-week program, we work with participants in a group environment to address violent behaviour. By using cognitive-behavioural techniques, participants learn how to make lasting changes. The program stresses accountability and responsibility. It is more than anger management, focusing on the bigger picture.
We give top priority to the safety of partners, children and other members of a participant's family at all times. Services supporting partners and children help us assess whether changes in your behaviour and relationships are helping them feel safer. Consequently risk assessment will be an ongoing process.
These programs are available to men living in the ACT and region who have used violence or are at serious risk of using violence, particularly within intimate partner and family relationships. However men having problems with anger in other settings (e.g. workplace, social environments) are equally eligible for support.
Men can enter our Violence Prevention programs through one of three pathways:
- Court order or recommendation
- Referral from an ACT government agency or community organisation
Our Violence Prevention programs are:
Preventing Violence, Managing Anger (PVMA) is a ten week group program for men who are using violence or intimidating and controlling behaviour with partners or family, or in other settings. People wishing to access PVMA for themselves, other agencies and professionals can use our general purpose referral form.
Working With the Man (WWM) is a service for men using violence and controlling behaviour with intimate partners (and other family) Referrals to WWM can be made by agencies or people wanting to access services for themselves using the WWM referral form.
Or you can can call us direct on 02 6230 6999.
There is no charge for the case management service, which is the principal form of support by WWM.
Participants using counselling and group work programs are asked to make a financial contribution at a level proportional to income, but access to these services is not contingent on ability to pay.
Men in WWM may require other community services. In these cases, meeting the cost of these services will be the responsibility of the participant.
We only have a limited number of places, so you may want to call us before sending a referral form to get more information about vacancies and waiting lists.
For information please contact our office on (02) 6230 6999 during office hours.